3 absolutely unforgettable scenic (and stunning!) plane rides

Zoom above untamed landscapes on a “Wild and Wonderful” scenic flight!

Admit it: there’s only so much you can see from the driver’s seat. Eyeball everything from the air instead!

These top 3 outfitters will give you the flight of your dreams:

1. Mountain Air Services

Customize your airborne journey. Mountain Air Services has a 3-passenger helicopter for sightseeing, so all you need to do is tell them where to go!

Looking for scenic landscapes? Ask your pilot for a recommendation. Mountain Air Services takes aerial snapshots for the forest industry, so they know the lay of the land like no one else.

2. Wild Blue Adventures

For a blast to the past, fly in a WWII-era plane in Fayetteville! Wild Blue Adventures swoops 2 retired warbirds back into action: a Stearman biplane and a Piper Cub.

The surrounding National Parks are full of natural wonders to uncover from above. Wild Blue can swoop you over breathtaking sights like the Endless Wall cliffs, New River Gorge Bridge, waterfalls and more.

And these old birds still have a lot of heart in ‘em. They’ll throw you for a loop— literally— with aerial stunts, if you’re up for it.

3. Just Plane Adventures

Fly with a former airline pilot! Mitch Pennington of Just Plane Adventures owns a little fleet in Medley that’s ready to tour the highlands. His nimble C172 Cessna is great for sightseeing or lessons.

Pennington loves planes so much he and his wife have their own 2,000-foot landing strip, and Heaven’s Landing B&B retreat and hangar!

He also really knows the nuts and bolts of his trade, with a background in military and cargo flying, mechanics and flight instruction. If your scenic flight leaves you yearning for more, sign up for lessons. The sky’s the limit.

Where’s your favorite spot for a scenic flight in West Virginia?

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This post was last updated on May 27, 2022